No coverage for our students

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Another Wednesday paper and again no coverage for the students at our schools. I agree with P. Gaffney, we search for any coverage of the high school sports or other great activities involving our students. I started buying the PDN so I could keep up with our local sports and other activities. April 16 there was a home game for the track team at Blue Heron. Did The Leader even cover it? No! The last year there was very little coverage of any sports. However, the PDN covered it, with pictures included and all the times of the events. A big thank you to Pierre La Bossiere of the PDN for the great coverage he did and has done in the past.

Why would I support a local paper that is not interested in our students. Bottom line, I will support a paper that supports our kids. As soon as my grandson graduates next year, I will be canceling The Leader and keeping the PDN.

M. JOYCE ERICSEN
PORT TOWNSEND

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Tom Camfield

I have found the the Leader pretty strong on student athletics in recent times, especially considering the relatively small staff for the amount of overall news the paper covers each week. There is no magic wand for the news editor to wave in covering current affairs. And mere structured 40-hour weeks don't cut it on the newspaper front.

I was really pressed there at the Leader in my day when I was wearing numerous hats all the way down to circulation and photo darkroom work. I did well on PTHS, part-time on Chimacum, Quilcene only rarely. However, I also had a lot of coaches working for me; and that, along with a lot of typing at home, helped keep things rolling pretty well. The coaches often spent their own evenings writing out longhand accounts of games/matches I couldn't cover. I had Ken Brink in track and field, the late Chuck McCiurken in baseball, Jim Kerns in tennis and golf, for a time John Johnson in wrestling—all scribbling away on deadline.

I was for many years scorekeeper in football (and also briefly in basketball). Overall I covered quite well the PTHS major sports of football and basketball (including Kerns' boys and McClurken's girls teams) and the football teams from Doug Rickerson, through the late Jim Parker's many years and for a time Heckman. In basketball, Kerns and McClurken also let me borrow their scorebooks for away games I couldn't personally cover (as well as after the home games that I covered with camera and note-pad). I carried both clipboard and camera, also made all road games in football (as far away as British Columbia and Washougal down near the Oregon border) and many in basketball (including numerous state tournaments). When girls' volleyball came along, I threw up my hands and took whatever Coach Jean Purdy could provide me as I snapped some pictures now and again. From Chimscum, coaches Bob Flaherty in football and mike Clarke in basketball also gave me hand from time to time.

I also thoroughly covered Little League football and baseball, including one such gridiron "battle" in far-off Forks. One of my baseball shots of very young Mike Steinke and Tom Shute made the rounds in print nationally via Associated Press (for which I also was a local "stringer'" reporter on the side).

But you get the picture. I accomplished what I did manage to do only with the help of coaches volunteering as part-time sports writers on behalf of their teams and observing newspaper deadlines in the process. Kerns and

Brink still are around volunteering in community affairs. We were always a team of hometown, home-school loyalists.

Meanwhile, the Leader has been serving the community since 1889. I for one do to want to trade it for a bully of a daily newspaper based in Port Angeles that is trying to weasel its way into control. If it succeeds, Port Townsend readers could wind up sort of step-children subsisting on whatever leftover scraps were tossed our way. There also is always my mind is the question of how concerned with the students of following years will the parents of some of today's students athletes?

Thursday, May 2